So, yesterday I talked a little bit about the fact that the biggest help that anyone can provide to my “Stickers by Stan!” Kicstarter is to spread the word and share the link. And a whole lot of you did. So before I write anything else . . .
I continue to be flabbergasted by the quick and enthusiastic backing that you all have given me, and will strive to prove myself worthy of so much support and positive energy.
As I push through this final week of the fund drive, I’ve been giving some thought as to where to spend the most of my energy. I mean, it’s fine for me to just blast out announcements and such for as far as my digital lungs will send them . . . but it’s BETTER for me to focus that energy talking directly to groups of folks that have a predisposition to being INTERESTED in stickers, cartoony clip-art, and such.
Likewise, if you know anyone who is interested in these things, it’s ESPECIALLY helpful for me if you make sure that THEY know about my little project. (Or if you know a group that you think _I_ should be approaching, send that info on to me and I’ll get right on it!)
Anyway, here are the groups I’ve identified for special attention.
PARENTS (especially GAMER PARENTS)
It sounds obvious, but although kids are the ones who love stickers, it’s PARENTS who make the buying decisions. So it’s important for me to get the word out to folks who are looking for inexpensive gifts, unique to get for their kids the holidays. These stickers (and coloring book) won’t be available in stores or other online venues (not in time for this gift giving season, anyway). My Kickstarter is a way that they can get something special, that other kids won’t have. And this is even more so if the parents are gamers who are looking for gamer-related presents to make their kids feel like they’re part of the hobby.
Really, this is a sub-set of the “Parents” category . . . but it’s a VERY IMPORTANT sub-set. For those who don’t know, “mommy bloggers” is a non-pejorative term for parents (mostly moms) who have blogs or dedicated websites that focus on presenting material that will be of interest to other parents. Basically, these blogs are hubs for parents who are looking for interesting things—particularly around the holidays, things that will make for good gifts that are different from the usual wares to be found in every Toys’R’Us and Amazon Wish List. Basically, getting a good mention on one of these sites is the equivalent of making thousands of direct contacts with individual parents.
SCRAPBOOKERS and other CRAFTY DECORATORS
Stickers aren’t just for kids. I know that because _I_ still love stickers and so do many of my friends. But most of us just get them for novelty’s sake, rarely making actual USE out of them. But my friends who are into scrapbooking and other cozy crafting activities actually DO use them . . . and they’re always on the lookout for unusual stickers, particularly ones that synch up with their other hobbies (like fantasy fiction and gaming).
If you have strong connections into any of these groups, and you don’t mind putting in a good word for me and my project, I’d be even more grateful than before. Or, since you’ve got better things to do with your time than go around shilling for my projects, if you could just make an introduction for me . . . I’d STILL be super grateful.
There’s less than a week left in this Kickstarter, so I’ve got to make every connection count!